Internet searches increasingly favour the left over the right wing of politics.

I became interested in the question of whether Left-Wing or Right-Wing ideas are gaining greater visibility, as measured by searches recorded in Google Trends (GT). Particularly in how patterns of searches change relative to each other. Generally speaking there’s more left-wing searches than right-wing searches, but this doesn’t really tell us much- for example, left-wingers … Continue reading Internet searches increasingly favour the left over the right wing of politics.

If anything Black democrats are more passionate about economic justice than White democrats

There is a myth perpetually being circulated that economic issues are what white democrats care about, whereas Black voters care only about a form of racial politics abstracted from economic concern. This myth is often wielded as a club by an economically centrist Democratic party leadership, who portray economically left wing policies as out of … Continue reading If anything Black democrats are more passionate about economic justice than White democrats

Heading left: The stories of people who have moved from the political right to the left.

I asked in half a dozen left-wing sub-reddits for the stories of people who had moved from the right to the left and received well over one hundred responses, here is my synthesis on themes and patterns which emerged in the sample. Brief notes on method I don’t normally do qualitative research, I’m a quantitative … Continue reading Heading left: The stories of people who have moved from the political right to the left.

The class composition of voters for Front National, a French far right party.

In 2017, Front National, a far-right party in France, came second in the presidential elections. Before that, in 2012 they achieved 17% of the first round vote. The 2016 European Social Survey allows us to analyse the characteristics of a sample of 2012 Front National voters, including relatively detailed statistics about their economic situation. There … Continue reading The class composition of voters for Front National, a French far right party.

Economic anxiety and lower incomes are associated with greater opposition to multi-ethnic immigration in Europe

There’s a raging debate about whether the rise of nativist and racist ideas has anything to do with economic anxiety. At least in Europe there appears to be an association. In the first section I’ll discuss the empirical evidence for this claim, in the in the second I’ll grapple with the political consequences. I In … Continue reading Economic anxiety and lower incomes are associated with greater opposition to multi-ethnic immigration in Europe

Let’s end the myth that poor and working class people don’t support redistribution

For some people this isn’t going to be a surprise, in fact they might wonder why I’m bothering to write about it. For others this will contradict cherished contrarian wisdom. But yes, I am here to tell you that the empirical evidence suggests that those who are not rich are more likely to believe the … Continue reading Let’s end the myth that poor and working class people don’t support redistribution

Internet searches increasingly favour the left over the right wing of politics.

I became interested in the question of whether Left-Wing or Right-Wing ideas are gaining greater visibility, as measured by searches recorded in Google Trends (GT). Particularly in how patterns of searches change relative to each other. Generally speaking there’s more left-wing searches than right-wing searches, but this doesn’t really tell us much- for example, left-wingers might simply be … Continue reading Internet searches increasingly favour the left over the right wing of politics.